- March 30 - After 11PM on Tuesday, March 25 what may have been
an anti-personnel fragmentation bomb exploded in a Baghdad residential
neighborhood adjacent to a secondary school. The blast primarily
hit a private home at #74, Street # 3, District 317, in Al Tujjaar,
in the Al Shaab area of North Baghdad. The house is next door
to the Balquis Secondary School for Girls.
members sleeping on a mattress in a second-floor bedroom were
wounded. They were admitted to the Al Numaan Hospital. Muneed
Abid Haamid, 25, remains hospitalized with wounds to his stomach,
thighs, legs and foot.
wife Sahhar, 23, and child Qaiser Muneeb, 6, reportedly were
wounded in the legs. The mother and child have now been released
from the hospital.
March 27, members of the IRAQ PEACE TEAM, visited the bombed
house. IPT observed hundreds of small holes in the walls of
the upstairs roof patio. Probing a sample of these holes the
IPT team extracted uniform cubed metal pellets with sharp edges.
The pellets were three to five millimeters thick.
Beres, a French surgeon working with the French NGO, AMI, and
staying at the Al Fanar Hotel, examined the pellets. Dr. Beres,
who has extensive experience in war zones, confirmed to IPT
that the pellets were from a fragmentation bomb.
Kelly said, "We urge all those responsible for upholding
the UN Charter to investigate this apparent breach of the Geneva
Conventions. We urge the US military to discontinue any further
use of anti-personnel weapons. Such weapons directly and lethally
discriminate against civilians."
PEACE TEAM is a project of Voices in the Wilderness. VITW is
an independent grassroots group based in Chicago. Since 1996
it has been working to end the sanctions and war against Iraq.